Medallion quilt: A quilt designed with a central block or motif, surrounded by multiple borders. Borders may be plain, elaborately pieced or appliqued, or a combination of plain and fancy on the same quilt.
Medallion quilts have been made for at least three centuries. Broderie perse quilts, popular in the United States in the early 1800s, often were made with a central motif surrounded by borders of chintz applique. Vases of flowers and swags of ribbon were popular additions.
Contrast that lavish design with an Amish diamond in a square, made in solids of as few as three colors. The flexibility of the format allows for the full range.
Across my quilting life, I’ve made dozens of medallion quilts. Most of them were by myself, though a few were in round robins. Here are a few of my medallion quilts. Except the round robin quilts, I designed and pieced all of them myself. I also quilted all except the first one.
These are shown approximately in the order made, with the most recent ones last.
A bed quilt for a granddaughter. One of the first quilts I ever made. The longarm quilter asked whose pattern I used. I didn’t even know what she meant. I didn’t know you could buy patterns. I designed it myself.
One of the first quilts I made, this is a table mat or wallhanging. I think of it as mock-Amish, and I still enjoy the graphic contrasts.
Mock-Amish bed quilt, wedding present. the center is Disappearing Nine-Patch.
The red and white challenge quilt, also known as the hunger quilt. A friend “purchased” it from me, giving the price to a local food pantry. It’s about 70″ square. 2012.
One of the “siblings” quilts, for Jim’s oldest brother. It is a lap quilt and uses some feedsack fabric. 2012.
One of the “siblings” quilts, made for Jim’s sister. It’s a lap quilt. The piano keys border is for her husband, a pianist and composer. 2012.
Extra-large lap quilt for my husband Jim, made in late 2012. It’s about 69″ square. 2012.
A wedding quilt, about 78″ square. February 2013.
My own quilt, finished August 2013. It’s about 73″ square.
Triangles. Round robin with my small group. 2013. About 40″.
The Mexican embroidery quilt. A “round” robin with my sister, finished in 2013. About 55″.
Medallion Sew-Along finish #1. 2013. About 52″.
Medallion Sew-Along finish #2, the Big Blue and Brown. 2013. About 85″.
Medallion Sew-Along #3. About 60″. Finished on New Year’s Eve, 2013.
Sparkle, made using Medallion Sew-Along Track 1. 48″. Finished January 2014.
Play Ball! 46″x56″. Medallion Sew-Along Track 2. Finished January 2014.
This is the back of The Baby’s quilt.
The Baby’s quilt, 46″ square. Finished February 2014.
Medallion Sew-Along finish #6. 34″ square. Finished March 2014.
My Harlequin Medallion. 55″ x 50″. Finished April 2014.
XOXO. 48″ square. Medallion Sew-Along finish #7. Finished June 2014.
Bright Idea. 60″ square. Finished June 2014.
Bird On Point. 63″ square. Finished June 2014.
African Star. 42″ x 44″. July 2014.
Class sample. 40″ x 40″. September 2014.
Southwestern Sun. 60″ square. Finished September 2014. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Red and Green Star. November 2014.
Medallion in Solids. 40″ x 40″. November 2014.
For Son. 68″ x 68″. November 2014.
The Flip Side. 64″ x 76″. Finished December 2014.
Flip side of The Flip Side. 64″ x 76″. Finished December 2014.
XX’s Quilt. 75″ x 75″. Begun with a medallion print purchased in Boulder City, NV. Finished in February 2015.
Stained Glass. 40″ square. Finished February 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Stained Glass Too. 66″ x 70″. Finished March 2015.
Garden Party. 62″ x 68″. Center panel by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning Fabrics. Finished March 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Marquetry. 87″ square. Finished May 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
I Found the Housework Fairy But She’s Not Coming Back. 35″ square. Finished June 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
DeLight. 96″ square. Finished June 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Branching Out. 45″ x 54″. Finished July 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Branching Out back. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
The Mountain. 60″ square. November 2015. Made from stash. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Beth’s Carousel. January 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
The Big Block Quilt. 84″ square. February 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Back of the Big Block Quilt. Photo by Jim Ruebush.